Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the November 1, 2021 edition

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  • On The Cover November 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Oh, the views: spectacular! Thank you, Margie Anderson, for some fantastic photos of vistas here in Arizona, and on our "Western Wildlife" page, we salute another incredible photographer, George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Department, who has some tips for taking pictures of wildlife. With so many negatives confronting us, usually from the media, there is such good news to celebrate here in the Southwest — We have family outings to enjoy as outdoor fans cut their own Christmas trees. We h... Full story

  • Margie Anderson|Nov 1, 2021

    You'll Want To Get Out Of The Car And Explore I'm always on the lookout for a day trip with something to do or see – I love riding around in the Jeep, but it's always better if you see something amazing or fun along the way. Fun stuff can include old cabins, ruins, old wells, springs, waterfalls, lakes, cliffs – pretty much anything that makes you want to get out of the car and explore. However, some of the roads we've been on aren't much along the way, but the view you get at the end is wha...  Website

  • Arizona Wildlife

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    Friends, Arizona has one of the most dynamic ecosystems in the world! Arizona ranks among the top 5 states for the number of native birds, reptiles, and mammal species and is in the top 10 for overall diversity of vertebrates. Arizona provides a unique outdoor experience, whether it's hiking, kayaking, fishing or wildlife watching...it doesn't get any better than recreating outdoors in Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is a critical resource for the future of Arizona wildlife.... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    Boating, Auctions, Yard Sales, And Brunch Are All Just Ahead Now: A Special Offer From Bartlett Lake Marina Enjoy Bartlett Lake with your whole family! The weather is gorgeous, and Bartlett Lake has great ideas for enjoying some time on the water. Until December 15, the marina is offering a pontoon boat or ski boat rental for a full week day (Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays and subject to weather) for special prices. We are offering a 20 foot Pontoon Boat that will hold eight people...  Website

  • Disabled American Vets


    We are ensuring our injured heroes are not alone on their road to recovery. In November, thousands of people across the country will come together for the DAV 5K presented by Humana - virtually and in person - to walk, run, roll or ride to honor America's veterans. Will you join us and help ensure that America's ill and injured heroes are not alone on their road to recovery? The DAV 5K is a walk, roll, run, and ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and... Full story

  • AZ Lakes AZ Pros Fred Ward At Bartlett Lake

    Margie Anderson|Nov 1, 2021

    John and I have known fishing legend Fred Ward for many years, but we actually met him in Florida. At that time I was writing for a tiny publication (now defunct) called Arizona Fishing News. My day job, The New Times, sent me to Denver for a week, then to Miami for a week, and as a reward, they gave me a guided fishing trip on Lake Okeechobee and even flew John out there to join me. Fred was guiding for the Roland Martin resort, and when he found out I was a writer, he comped our stay! We got... Full story

  • Ethically Hunting Arizona

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has created an innovative online course - "Ethically Hunting Arizona" - that provides hunters 18 and older with an opportunity to earn a lifetime bonus point. A bonus point is simply an accumulated credit (or point) that authorizes the department to issue additional computer-generated random numbers to a big game draw application, thus providing an applicant with an added chance of receiving a low random number in the draw and improving their draw... Full story

  • VFW Post 3513

    Carol L Allen

    VFW Post 3513 prepares delicious and very reasonably priced meals three days a week. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. until noon; Wednesday dinners are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday meals start at 5 p.m. We hope our neighbors will join us at VFW Post 3513 for great eating with good company. All are welcome (although anyone not a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary, the American Legion, or Disabled American Vets (DAV), may need to be signed in as a guest). A... Full story

  • Wildlife Photos

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    When The Time Is Right, Wildlife Photos Can Be Incredible By George Andrejko Photographer, Arizona Game And Fish Department Wild Arizona: Two Tips For Better Wildlife Photos Wildlife photography is a pursuit that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. There's always something new to learn. This time of year offers plenty of opportunities to take pictures of birds and animals. When you're outside with a camera this month, make it a point to practice your composition skills. As you look at the subject,... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Office Closed Veterans Day

    Tonto National Forest

    PHOENIX – November 8, 2021 — The Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office along with all ranger district offices will be closed Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Ranger district offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, November 12. The Supervisor's Office remains temporarily closed to the public. People visiting the Tonto on November 11 also can enjoy many day-use recreation sites -- such as picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto --... Full story

  • Boat Winterizing

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2021

    Free downloadable winterization checklist and guide explains how to properly prepare a boat for winter. Yes, even in the colder areas of the Southwest! Recreational boat owners are preparing their boats for a long winter's nap, but sugarplums aren't dancing in their heads. What may keep them up at night is hoping cold temperatures won't damage their boats. Freshwater expands in volume by about 9 percent when it freezes and can push outward with a force of tens of thousands of pounds per square i... Full story

  • Dangling Rope Marina Closed Through 2021

    NPS|Nov 1, 2021

    The National Park Service is assessing repair needs. Due to significant wind damage and low water conditions, Dangling Rope Marina will not re- open in 2021. A team of electrical, structural, and marine engineer visited the site during the summer to assess the damaged infrastructure. The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a plan for marina repairs and additional actions needed to address projected low water conditions. Be advised that during the closure of Dangling Rope Marina, visitors... Full story

  • Life Jackets

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2021

    STYLISH COMFORT -- The Bombora Wanderer may be the most comfortable US Coast Guard-approved Class V PFD ever designed for power, sail and paddle sports. And with six new colors and patterns to choose from, it's likely the most stylish.Contact local dealers or Bombora, (781) 709-3225. sales@bomboragear.com; www.bomboragear.com... Full story

  • Desert Botanical Garden


    Music in the Garden | Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at Music in the Garden's fall concert series, through November 19. Situated at the base of a butte, Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop for audiences to experience one of the Valley's most iconic outdoor concert venues. Water Lantern Festival On The Lake While they're called many things such as lantern festivals, lights festivals, floating lanterns, water fest, or Chinese... Full story

  • Recast and Recycle

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2021

    Contest garnered 129 entries and paid out $30,000 in prizes. Recycling old fishing line and soft baits into new products is labor-intensive, inefficient and simply, for many anglers, not easy to do. This hampers the ability to grow the volume of line and soft bait recycling in the U.S. However, three BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast and Recycle Contest winners aim to change that. The prizewinners – a recent college grad, an outsdoorsman and 3D printing hobbyist, and a team of four college f... Full story

  • Quail Outlook

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    Hunters should look for spots that received localized moisture. There's just no other way to say it: This is going to be one tough quail-hunting season. Now that we've gotten that announcement out of the way, that doesn't mean hunters who have high hopes of chasing Gambel's and scaled quail across the landscape should keep their boots in the closet and their shotgun in the safe when the 2021-22 season opened Oct. 15. "Hunting desert quail will probably be mediocre, generally," said Larisa Hardin... Full story

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    Arizona Game and Fish Department and private landowner win awards from Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) won two awards and southern Arizona rancher Ian Tomlinson and his Vera Earl Ranch won one, at the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) annual awards ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island, held in-person and virtually on Sept. 13. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication to advancing fish and... Full story

  • Become A Better Shot

    John Anderson|Nov 1, 2021

    Don't Miss! There Is Only One Way To Become A Better Shot No matter how much you scout, no matter how well you spot and stalk, no matter how long you prepare for your hunt, it's all for nothing if you miss the shot. You may only get one chance – do you really want to blow it after investing all that time and money? There is only one way to become a better shot, and that is to practice. Taking your rifle to the range and shooting a target at 100 or 200 yards over and over until you c... Full story

  • Arizona November 2021 Hunting Calendar

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2021

    Arizona November 2021 Hunting Calendar 2021-22 Fees: General Hunting, resident: $37 Non-resident: not available see combination Combination Hunt and fish, resident: $57 Non-resident: $160 Youth combination hunt and fish (ages 10-17), resident: $5 Non-resident: $5 Short-term combination license, resident: $15/day, Non-resident: $20/day There are also fees for permit-tags and nonpermit-tags. See the 2021-2022 Hunting Regulations at www.azgfd.com for details. Report Vandalism: 1-800-VANDALS Report... Full story

  • Buddy Poppy


    The Veterans Of Foreign Wars' Buddy Poppy Before Memorial Day in 1922, VFW conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today. During our 1923 encampment, we decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them... Full story

  • Fuel Available

    NPS|Nov 1, 2021

    FUEL AVAILABLE AGAIN -- Travelers on Highway 95 in rural Utah are advised that fuel services at Hite, Utah have resumed. The 24-hour, pay-at-the-pump service is now available for regular unleaded and diesel fuel. Premium unleaded fuel remains temporarily unavailable. More information is available on each park's website: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area or Rainbow Bridge National Monument. (This NPS photo is one from the collection of photos of the Scenic Hite District in Glen Canyon... Full story


    Nov 1, 2021

    ROASTED WILD TURKEY -- Many of our readers have avid hunters in the family and quite often prepare game. It's Thanksgiving and this recipe for wild turkey is excellent. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist. Get the recipe at https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/roasted-wild-turkey/... Full story